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Despite typhoon, Bantayan ready for Semana Santa

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WHILE the rest of the town is a scene of massive devastation after Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” a church in Daanbantayan, a town in northern Cebu, appears to have survived the storm. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

A week before Holy Week, the people of Bantayan were busy preparing for one of Christendom’s sacred celebrations that the island in northern Cebu province has been known for.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Cebuanos want archbishop beatified

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Exalting Pope Francis as a model of being down-to-earth, many Cebuanos are hoping that one of their own—a bishop known for his self-abnegation and charity—will finally be raised to the honors of the altar.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

The challenging task of rebuilding heritage

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LOBOC Church in Bohol before (inset) and  after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the province. Photo by MARIANNE BERMUDEZ and NHCP

For a stone church to rise during the Spanish era, construction took from several years to many decades to be completed, depending on the availability of funds, construction materials and laborers.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Doc cures healthcare ills

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DR. LOLITA CUI. Contributed photo

Carcar, then a fourth-class municipality of Cebu province in the 1960s, could hardly attend to the healthcare needs of its residents. But a doctor stepped up and was able to provide a cure to the problem.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Preserving Cebuano and other languages

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August is National Language Month because it is the same month when the father of Philippine language, the late President Manuel L. Quezon, himself a Tagalog, was born.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Preserving Cebuano and other languages

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The Cebuano language is the first documented Philippine language when Antonio Pigafetta wrote down several words in his account of the Magellan expedition. Shown here is the kiosk of Magellan’s Cross, a famous landmark and veritable symbol of Cebu and of the Cebuano. FILE PHOTO

August is National Language Month because it is the same month when the father of Philippine language, the late President Manuel L. Quezon, himself a Tagalog, was born.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Rizal’s impressions of the Visayas

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National hero Jose Rizal kept a diary of his activities during his exile in Dapitan City in 1896 and even after leaving the place for Manila, passing by several key places in the Visayas in early August of that year.

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Rizal’s impressions of the Visayas

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AN OLD photo of Calle Real in Iloilo City. Photo from www.philippineamericanwar.webs.com

National hero Jose Rizal kept a diary of his activities during his exile in Dapitan City in 1896 and even after leaving the place for Manila, passing by several key places in the Visayas in early August of that year.

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Reexamining Pigafetta’s Battle of Mactan

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TRIBAL men headed by Datu Lapu-Lapu battle with Spanish invaders headed by Ferdinand Magellan during last year’s Kadaugan sa Mactan reenactment at  the Mactan Shrine. JUNJIE MENDOZA/CDN

Had it not been for Antonio Pigafetta, the ethnographer, people would know very little about explorer Ferdinand Magellan and the world’s first successful circumnavigation.

Posted: April 26th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Visayan Katipunero led 1898 Cebuano revolt vs Spain

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A STATUE of Leon Kilat  in his hometown in Bacong, Negros Oriental. The remains of the hero were later interred at the base of the monument  in the 1920s.  During the revolution, the Spaniards, pro-Spanish Cebuanos and foreigners sought refuge at   Fort San Pedro in Cebu City  while waiting for reinforcement to arrive from Manila. PHOTO BY Trizer Mansueto

He may not be considered in the league of the country’s renowned national heroes such as Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. But there is one Visayan hero who fought for the nation’s independence from Spain with the same vigor and passion.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Holy Week procession showcases tradition, faith of Bantayan folk

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A “CAROZZA” passes in front of the ancient stone church of Bantayan town, Bantayan Island, Cebu.

For several decades now, the mere mention of Semana Santa (Holy Week) on Bantayan Island in northern Cebu conjures up images of a fiesta.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

The search for early Chinese traders

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CEBUANO archaeologist Jojo Bersales measures the coordinates of an artifact in site before removing it for cleaning and identification. Contributed Photos

The Philippines is quite out of the way unlike other maritime countries in Southeast Asia. It also has smaller communities than Malaysia and Indonesia.

Posted: February 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

With Sto. Niño image, animist past revisited

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With just a few days of catechism, which consisted mostly of rhetorical remarks by Ferdinand Magellan, it would have been impossible for King Humabon and the people of Cebu during his time to have fully understood the Christian faith brought to them by the Spaniards in 1521.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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